Photo of the Day: Faces of Bayon

Pre-dawn mist adds to the enigmatic character of Bayon temple (Cambodia). Nearby Angkor Wat is more famous, but Bayon has always been my favorite remnant of the Khmer empire. The most striking feature of Bayon is the face towers which contain giant identical faces carved on all four sides (in most cases) of each tower. Many scholars believe that the faces are representations of the King Jayvarman VII for whom the temple was built to honor. There are about 200 carved faces in all.